Making their second appearance here on FrostClick, the gypsy folk, Barcelona band is back with a new record.
The Freak Fandango Orchestra is an energetic and quirky bunch of musicians who like to play fun and unusual music.
Their first record Love, Death and a Drunken Monkey was entertaining and came doused with beautiful instrument work and amusing lyrics. For their latest release, Tales of a Dead Fish, they retain their crazy upbeat sound, still incorporating humor, superb instrument work and a very catchy beat to every single one of their cuts.
Mixing gypsy, folk, punk rock and polka, The Freak Fandango Orchestra will definitely capture your attention whether you like it or not.
The record opens with Requiem for a Fish, a jaunty track that has saxophones blaring, occasional chanting and some serious catchy tune. It starts off things nicely with its uptempo sound, making you want to stand up, grab a partner and start dancing for no reason. Almost all of the songs have this same infectious beat. Third track, Balkan Beats, seems a great fit for The Mask to dance along to and do all his stunts. There’s a whole layer of instrument work that beautifully merges with the lyrics.
Meanwhile, Hitman’s Love Song (both the last track and the one featuring Paola) combines distinctive vocals with a nice semi-laid-back beat. It’s probably the “slowest” song on the record yet it’s something you can imagine Charlie Chaplin still prancing around to.
Tales of a Dead Fish is a great album. It’s hard not to fall for the music, whether you’re into this kind of sound or not, since it manages to give you that feel-good feeling. Perfect for fans of Gogol Bordello. It’s a genuinely fun album to check out.
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- Written by Valerie
- Published on December 8, 2011